The Churkendoose: Part Chicken, Turkey, Duck and Goose 1946 book

When I saw this book On My Vintage Book Collection, I wasn't sure it was real. But it is. Amazon has used copies but they are very expensive. ($25 - $100)

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Harry Fox Agency claims copyright on Strauss

Stephanie sez, "Somtow Sucharitkul, a notable director, was informed that posting footage of himself, conducting Strauss' Radetzky March was a violation of Harry Fox's supposed copyright on that piece. That 164-year-old piece: 'Perhaps HFA controls the rights to a modern arrangement of this piece, such as a school band version or something, but this is no modern adaptation. It's the original, and Johann Strauss Sr's copyright expired a century ago. Do let me know if I can be of assistance (for instance, I could perhaps get the Austrian Embassy to produce a copy of Strauss's death certificate?)'"

Somtow is also a notable sf writer, who's written under both SP Somtow and Somtow Sucharitkul. Met him once at a Worldcon. Nice guy. Good writer. Talented polymath. World-class snarker!

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Han Solo as one of Andy's toys

There've been plenty of Disney/Star Wars mashups since the merger announcement, but this one wins for simplicity and execution.

You, are just, a toy. ( (via The Mary Sue) Read the rest

Pythor costume

Jason and his wife made this totally kick-ass Pythor costume for their wee lad. It's beyond awesome. Also makes me feel like a bit of a bad parent for merely helping to assemble a(n admitted smashing) Wednesday Addams costume. But in a good way.

the making of pythor (Thanks, Jason!) Read the rest

Venom body-paint

Here's a Venom body-paint job that ups the ante on the two earlier versions posted here. This one was posted by a Redditor called Tapout189, who says it was found on Twitter. Anyone know who the original makeup artist and photographer were?

Awesome Venom Body Paint ( (via Super Punch) Read the rest

Sea Lions at Anacapa with Bamboo Reef

Carole McNutt caught this fantastic film of sea lions having an absolute BALL.

Handmade radios from vintage parts

James from Retrothing sez, "Tom Kipgen makes radios using vintage parts and hand-wound coils. Absolutely stunning stuff."

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Tim Biskup's Kickstarts his music project: Brainsled

Tim Biskup has launched his first Kickstarter project: a double vinyl LP re-issue of a 1989 cassette by his band, Big Butter.

Haunted Mansion, the Little Long-Playing Record

Here's the audio from Disney's classic "Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion," narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft, starring a young -- Andy Griffith show era -- Ronnie Howard.

Delta Rae: Dance In The Graveyards

The macabre but ultimately touching and lovely clip offers a twist on typical Halloween and Day of the Dead fare.

Overly attached undead girlfriend

Laina Walker, better known as "Overly Attached Girlfriend," has treated her legion of fans to a zombified version of her face for the season. Let the memes begin!

Overly Attached Zombie? ( Read the rest

Sneak peek at Jim Woodring's collection of sketchbook drawings, Problematic

I'm beside myself with excitement about Jim Woodring's upcoming 300-page collection of sketchbook drawings, Problematic.

Time-lapse video of Hurricane Sandy hitting NYC: 2 days into 2 minutes

The time-lapse covers two days of the hurricane's assault on New York, from the early morning of October 29 through Oct. 30.

1990: Vanilla Ice on "Ice Ice Baby" vs. Queen/Bowie's "Under Pressure"

"We sampled it from them but it's not the same bassline."

TWC setting up mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and recharging stations in lower Manhattan

Jeff Simmermon at Time Warner Cable's HQ in NYC writes: "To help New Yorkers in hard-hit areas like Lower Manhattan and Staten Island who are without power, we are deploying multiple vehicles with mobile charging stations and free WiFi access points. Local residents are welcome to charge their consumer devices such as smartphones and laptops and access a 4G WiFi connection. New Yorkers can follow @TWCable_NYC on Twitter to learn the location of the vehicles, which will make extended stops initially this afternoon in the residential areas of the Chinatown, Flatiron district and West Village." Read the rest

Y'all shouldn't feel bad about using "y'all"

I lived in Birmingham, Ala., for two years right out of college. While I was there, I became convinced that y'all is a reasonable and necessary word — a simple form of the plural "you" for a language that has no vosotros. Don't like "y'all" on principle? That's okay. There's a large diversity of grammatically-awkward-but-conversationally-necessary plural yous for English — a fact which makes me even more convinced that I'm right. Sometimes, y'all need a y'all. (Via mental_floss — ironically, the reason I was in Birmingham, to begin with — and Matthew Francis) Read the rest

Father creates amazing witch makeup for his 11-year-old daughter

Witch makeup for 11-year old sculpted in Monster Clay and cast with gelatin.

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